Fuji-Q Highland

We’re once again back in Tokyo and today’s objective is to take another stab at Fuji-Q theme park. We try another train this time, ironically labeled the ‘Express’, this is probably the slowest train I’ve ever taken.The Fujikyu 'Express' It’s very interior is very cozy however and the staff is supremely friendly, so we don’t mind terribly. The weather today is really perfect, which means that all the attractions but the Log Flume are open for business.

We start out with something called The Cannon, which is a rather flat roller coaster that starts off by using compressed air to accelerate you with a force of 4.25 G. 4.25 G is kind of hard to imagine, the only point of reference I have is that fighter pilots need to be able to endure 9 G, but I have no idea really of what to expect. I try to wrist mount my GoPro for the ride, but the staff is not having it.Shinjuku by night Settling into the seat, you’re left with just anticipating the launch………… hoooooooolyyyyy shhhhiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit!!1! It really feels like my stomach was left behind as we go hurtling down the track! Apart from the launch though, it’s not much of a roller coaster, but I’m still very much in love with that launch (Wikipedia says it goes from 0 to 172 km/h in 1.8 seconds).

Next up is the main draw of Fuji-Q; the Takabisha 121 degrees. It’s one of those modern roller coasters that don’t take up much room, but instead rely on lots of twists and turns that makes it feel like it goes really fast. The name comes from the part of it that is a vertical ascent that turns into a 121 degree drop. Yes, that’s right, that means that it goes past vertical (90 degrees) and into a sort of negative drop. This sounds and looks really scary, especially as it brakes and leaves time for you to ponder the abyss before letting you go, but in practice it wasn’t all that bad. Don’t get me wrong, it still easily is the best ride of the park and since it’s just recently constructed it also means that it’s super smooth and let’s you concentrate on enjoying the twists and turns instead of the rattling of your teeth. A special mention goes to the innovative way it starts, which is in total darkness! That means that you can’t anticipate the turns and makes it even more exhilarating.

Eejanaika in front of Fuji-sanThe Golden Dragon is next. This is the oldest roller coaster in the park and design-wise it really shows. It’s one of those classic hills-and-valleys kind of ride with the huge incline at the start. I rather enjoy it, in spite of its rather brusque turns and bone rattling qualities. The last one is called Eejanaika and is one of those coasters where the track is in the middle and the seats hang on either side of it and are able to move around the mount point, making for an extra dimension of scary. The ride has problems though and we end up queuing for over 1.5 hours, which is largely spend flirting with the hilariously bashful Japanese girls. When we finally do get to ride I rather like it, it’s certainly not as good as the XXX back in Six Flags Magic Mountain (my all time favorite) which is of the same type or the Takabisha, but it holds it’s own.

Before wrapping up we go and give Takabisha 121 degrees another whirl. Just as good as the first time!

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